"I was leaning back for probably no more than 10 seconds, and this shark just grabbed my wrist. I know he mistook me,” Zarutskie, who attends University of Miami, told KTRK. “It was an accident and he probably thought I was food, and I am very lucky that I was able to rip my arm away from him.”
Zarutskie, who grew up surfing in Southern California, remained calm and freed herself from the shark’s jaws, according to WPLG.
Zarutskie is recovering. Doctors told her that she still has teeth fragments in her arm, according to WPLG.
"You really need to respect them in their home, and if you do go swim with them, I think if you have the opportunity, you do have to take into consideration the risks, and also just maybe not lean back," Zarutskie told WPLG.